6 days in Washington DC, New York City & Niagara Falls Itinerary

6 days in Washington DC, New York City & Niagara Falls Itinerary

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6 days in Washington DC, New York City & Niagara Falls Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  7​h
1
Washington DC
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
New York City
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h 30​min
3
Niagara Falls
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

1
night
Washington DC

Washington DC ©
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
On the 16th (Tue), learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, then ponder the world of politics at Library of Congress, then examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, and finally appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, pause for some photo ops at National World War II Memorial, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, and finally ponder the world of politics at White House.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Washington DC trip planner .

San Francisco to Washington DC is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and subway; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 3 hours. In July, Washington DC is somewhat warmer than San Francisco - with highs of 89°F and lows of 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums
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National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

2
nights
New York City

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial and then go for a walk through Central Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Fri): explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, wander the streets of Times Square, and then don't miss a visit to Empire State Building.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our New York City tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to New York City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. July in New York City sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 72°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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night
Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls ©
The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): meet the residents at Aquarium of Niagara, Head underground at Cave of the Winds, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Niagara Falls.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Niagara Falls road trip app .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from New York City to Niagara Falls takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from New York City in July, things will get slightly colder in Niagara Falls: highs are around 81°F and lows about 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
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Cave of the Winds ©
Cave of the Winds
Niagara Falls ©
Niagara Falls
Aquarium of Niagara ©
Aquarium of Niagara

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